How to teach phonics in K-2

  • 09:00 AM
  • MGSM Macquarie Park Executive Centre
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Time: 9.00am – 4.00pm

Date: Friday 29th March 2019

Location: MGSM Macquarie Park Executive Centre

Cost: $500 per person (10% discount when enrolled in two workshops)

Catering: Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

Course materials: A course workbook including all materials will be provided on the day.


Description of workshop:

Dr Karen Smith-Lock will present a one-day face-to-face workshop on how to teach phonics to primary school-aged students.


About the speaker:

Dr Smith-Lock is a speech pathologist, linguist and psychologist. She is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, and Director of KSL Language & Literacy, which provides clinical services to children with oral language and literacy difficulties. Dr Smith-Lock has extensive experience working with school-aged children with language and literacy needs both in schools and in private practice. She regularly provides professional development workshops to teachers and speech pathologists on teaching practices for oral language and literacy. Her research focuses on the acquisition of oral language, reading and spelling, and their disorders. She aims to understand the nature of specific language impairment and dyslexia, to establish an evidence base for their effective treatment, and to support the use of evidence-based practice in everyday practice.


About the workshop:

This workshop will present evidence-based techniques to teach word reading and spelling using explicit, systematic phonics-based instruction.


Workshop outcomes:

  • To understand the importance of accurate and automatic word decoding and spelling for reading comprehension and written expression
  • To understand how to teach word reading and spelling with systematic phonics instruction
  • To understand how to teach phonemic awareness and explicitly link it to word reading and spelling
  • To understand how to differentiate systematic phonics teaching to a diverse classroom


Who should/should not attend? Any prerequisites, assumed/required knowledge:

This workshop is geared towards teachers who want to equip themselves with the knowledge they need to teach phonics effectively. Attendees can be anyone involved in the teaching of reading or spelling, including primary school teachers, school administrators, speech pathologists and students currently studying these degrees.


Registration deadline: 1 week before workshop.

Go to Macquarie University Reading Clinic website for more information on transport, parking and cancellation policy

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